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Scala Radio launches - but can you receive it?


The launch day of new classical music station Scala Radio has arrived, but some are finding it hard to receive.

At 10am, the digital-only station goes live with Simon Mayo, who fronts the late morning slot from Monday to Saturday.

There will be no FM outlet for Scala Radio, neither will the station be available on Freeview, Sky or any other digital TV service at launch.

This leaves listeners with a choice of listening online, e.g. via smart speaker or via DAB digital radio.

Broadcast via DAB on the Sound Digital national commercial multiplex - the same multiplex that carries Virgin Radio and Jazz FM Stereo, coverage is lower than the other national DAB multiplexes- despite an increase in the number of transmitters carrying Sound Digital in 2018. This means a significant proportion of listeners, especially away from urban areas and major roads may not be able to receive the signal, or may find the signal is weaker than other national radio stations on DAB.

Listeners who already receive Jazz FM Stereo or Absolute 90s on DAB should now be able to receive Scala Radio. A rescan may be necessary. Those that can't get those stations won't get Scala.

A DAB radio postcode checker operated by Digital Radio UK provides more information on stations available in any given location in the UK.  Click here to access it.

Apart from Simon Mayo, other presenters include Angellica Bell (Saturday breakfast),  Charles Nove (Weekday breakfast), Jamie Crick (Sunday morning), Mark Forrest (Drivetime) and Mark Kermode (Saturday afternoon), with film tunes and reviews.

Overall, Scala Radio promises to offer "tracks that you know and love, plus some you won’t have heard anywhere else before."